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Fall 2020


New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players – The Spectacular Bollywood

Virtual String Quartet

Saturday, Oct 24, 7:00 P.M.
Virtual event

Free with RSVP

Join the NJSO Chamber Players for a virtual musical journey inspired by Bollywood, the Indian Hindi-language film industry. Explore historical influences on the growth of Bollywood and hear insights into signature music and lyrics of the genre. Listen for themes from the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire! This interactive virtual event will include a Q&A with NJSO musicians.

Debashish Bhattacharya

Debashish Bhattacharya ans his slide guitar

Saturday, November 7 8:00 P.M. 
Virtual event
and live Q&A

Please join us for a virtual event featuring DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA, a born Guitar Wizard and today's legend of slide guitar. He is a global inspiration in the contemporary musical scenario of India and world. More information will be available soon.

Gina Chavez - Songwriting workshop and Concert

Gina Chavez in red dress holding string instrument

Saturday, November 14
Virtual event

Please join us for a songwriting workshop and concert featuring Gina Chavez. Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey to discover her Latin roots through music as she shares her story of life in Texas as a married, queer Catholic. More information will be available soon.

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Addams Family performances will be rescheduled to a date in the near future. We will post further information as we receive it. All tickets that have been purchased to date will be valid for the rescheduled performance dates. 


The Addams Family

The Addams Family Animated Portrait

Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $15, students $5

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The Addams Family, a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story that is every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family—a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before—keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Addams Family Musical Rehearsal

In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies performance will be rescheduled.

Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies

Photograph of Svetlana

Date and Location: TBD
Tickets $30


Svetlana is “Astrud Gilberto via Moscow”, a Russian-born critically acclaimed American jazz vocalist. Her new record and concert program, Night at the Movies is Svetlana’s love affair with movies, and dreaming. The concert adapts Oscar-winning Songs from 1930s to today, taking listeners on a carnival of sound, from sultry introspective torch jazz vocals to a rowdy New Orleans inspired dance party.

Carrying over all the romance, passion and beautiful familiar melodies, while discovering unexpected gems and adding a new twist and high energy – the band is fronted by Svetlana’s captivating vocals and stage presence. Listeners will find themselves nodding along to familiar tunes - while also being thrilled by the twists, turns, and unexpected improvisational aspects of Svetlana’s exciting virtuoso band of young jazz lions. The show is accompanied by projected moving images inspired by the movies from which the songs are drawn.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot” – NY Music Daily
“Exceptional vocalist” – Wall Street Journal “Once in A Lifetime Voice” – Aquarian Weekly

Svetlana and Her Night at the Movies

Spring 2021


Honey Dewdrops

Honey Dewdrops Duo on stage performing

Saturday, April 17 at 8:00 P.M.
Skyline Room in the School of Business 

Join us for a wonderful evening with the Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops. Their latest album, Anyone Can See, is drenched in sonic roominess, each of the tracks stretching to fill the space, but with a warmth that allows the album to fit comfortably anywhere. More information will be available soon.

Barron Ryan - Masterclass and Concert

Barron Ryan in sunglasses pointing at the camera while sitting in front of a piano.

Saturday, April 24, 8:00 P.M.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Masterclass: Time TBD

Join us for a Piano Masterclass lead by Barron Ryan. He discovered the joy of jazz- and ragtime-inspired concert music and is learning from great jazz pianists by replaying their solos. What’s next? You’ll have to wait to find out, but rest assured that in all Barron Ryan’s music, Classic Meets Cool. More information will be available soon.

Past Events

Music Director and Conductor: Dick Lowenthal Celebrating Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, and Nat King Cole

Photograph of Wynton Marsalis playing trumpet

Friday, September 6, 6:00 p.m.
Harborside Atrium
210 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

In partnership with the City of Jersey City and the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Hudson County Office of Culture and Tourism, and the Exchange Place Alliance, this outdoor concert has become one of the most anticipated events of the year in the community, drawing a huge crowd to the spectacular waterfront venue.

Free and open to the public!


Rodney Marsalis and band standing for group photo

Thursday, February 20, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre

Saturday, February 22, 8:00 p.m
Margaret Williams Theatre

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is composed of some of America’s top brass musicians dedicated to bringing the joyous experience of great music to a wide range of audiences. They perform music ranging from the streets of New Orleans to Baroque to pop. This show presents a look at music styles from many cultures including a Mardi Gras Celebration

This engagement of Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass Performance
Film poster for a time remembered
Joel Zelnik - Piano
Brian Glassman - Bass
David Cox - Drums
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:00 p.m.
Ingalls Recital Hall
This screening of the documentary, "Time Remembered", about the late/great jazz pianist Bill Evans, is hosted by pianist and NJCU Alumnus Joel Zelnik '69 and his trio. They will perform a pre-screening concert featuring music of Bill Evans.
Bill Evans (1929-1980) was one of the most important and influential pianists and composers in the history of jazz. From the early 1950s, when he first found work as a sideman, through the dozens of albums he released as a leader, his impact has been incalculable-Evans fundamentally altered the sound of piano trio jazz forever.
Joel Zelnik Trio performing


Charlotte Blake Alston holder her instrument

Thursday, February 13, 9:45 a.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
$8 for all students and adults (including teachers)

Grades K-5, and story lovers of all ages.

Enjoy a morning of storytelling and song with Charlotte Blake Alston, an internationally recognized artist who breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are enhanced with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere and the 21-stringed kora. A featured artist on Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert Series since 1996, Charlotte is a recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Award, the highest award from the National Association of Black Storytellers.


Charlotte Blake Alston telling a story.
NJSO Chamber players
NJSO Chamber Player talking with students

Saturday, October 19, 2:00 p.m.
Margaret Williams Theatre
Tickets $20, Children under 17: $12


Audiences of all ages will thrill to the adventures of a mischievous boy, hungry wolf, grumpy grandpa and collection of animal characters in Peter and the Wolf at this New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players family concert. In his famous musical fairytale, Prokofiev cleverly matches each character to an instrument and a musical theme so listeners can imagine the exciting tale as it unfolds.

This special arrangement of Prokofiev’s classic tale features the instruments of the woodwind family, combining the same great imagery with a focus on the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn.

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Photograph of Tim Farrell

Saturday, September 21, 8:00 p.m.
NJCU School of Business, Skyline Room 200
Hudson Street, Jersey City
Tickets: $25

**Workshop at 4:00 p.m. with Tim. Admission included with your ticket to the evening show. Must RSVP to to confirm spot  in workshop.**

With so many guitarists trying to make
their mark these days, it’s not easy being a “trailblazer.” Yet, that perfectly defines Tim Farrell. His fingerstyle playing and original compositions display an elegant simplicity that celebrates the purity of the acoustic guitar. Farrell is a rare kind of musician who can entertain an audience and inspire future generations of players.

Fingerstyle Guitar Basics Workshop:
Tim Farrell will walk students through the basic elements of fingerstyle guitar playing. He will present and illustrate the foundations and concepts of the fingerstyle approach to guitar. Students will learn ways to make the their playing more musical and more enjoyable. Advanced techniques may be discussed per the skill levels of attendees. 
Acoustic Guitar Sessions Presents Tim Farrell
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